Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
Lewis And Clark National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Belt Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Judith Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Musselshell Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Rocky Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  White Sulphur Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Little Belt Mountains Hazard Tree Removal
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/29/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
11/2013 Jamey Lowdermilk
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Little Belt Mountains Hazard Tree Removal Project proposes removal of hazardous trees along public roads and recreation and administrative facilities in the Little Belt Mountains.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42170
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Little Belt Mountains.
Permit Reissuance for 6 Pastures and 1 Fenceline - Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
02/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: CASTLES: Hereim Pasture S13 &23, T7N, R9E -Voldseth Pasture S13,T7N,R9E, S19 & 30,T7N,R10E - Rostad Pasture S23,T7N,R9E - IV Ranch Pasture S32,33,T9N,R9E CRAZIES: JCM Cattle Co S18,T6N,R11E BIG SNOWIES: Swanz Pasture S13, T11N,R18E
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher. Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies Mountains.
Sun River Electric
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation and Maintenance of powerlines on the Rocky Mountain and Belt Creek Ranger Districts
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Lewis and Clark, Teton. LEGAL - Sec 4, T24N, R8W; Sec 25, 26 T25N R9W; Sec 2, 3, 4, T21N R9W; Sec 33, 34, 35 and 36, T22N R9W; Sec 25, 24, 23, 14, 10 & 11, T20N, R9W; Sec 1 & 12, T19N R9W; Sec 2, 11 & 10 T18N R8W; Sec 2 & 5, T17N R7. Multiple locations on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District and in Logging Creek area of the Belt Creek Ranger District.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Belt Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2013 Blankenship Vegetation Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 07/16/2012  08/2012 Michael Munoz
406-466-5341
mamunoz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The vegetation treatments include commercial harvesting, pre-burn slashing, and prescribed burning. This project proposes 2.3 miles of road reconstruction and 4.3 miles of temporary road construction. All temporary roads would be obliterated
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38984
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. Dry Fork of Belt Creek drainage, Little Belt Mountains.
GTF Snowmobile Club Grooming Shed Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013  02/2013 John Metrione
406-236-5511
jmetrione@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a term Special Use Permit for snowmobile club grooming shed and related facility. No changes or ground disturbing activities are proposed
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - T. 13 N., R. 8 E. Sec. 34. Kings Hill Winter Recreation Area, Belt Creek.
Pilgrim Creek Trailhead and Connector Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/07/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 John Metrione
406-236-5511
jmetrione@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct Trailhead parking area sufficient to park approximately 6 horse trailer towing units in addition to 2-4 non-towing vehicles. Construct 0.75 mile of connector trail to tie in with existing Trail #304 from the new trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - SW ľ section 23, T16N, R6E. Little Belt Mountains off Forest Road 839 in the Logging Creek Drainage, The Trailhead would be located approximately Ĺ mile NW of the existing trailhead.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Judith Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Croff Reciprocal Access Exchange
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: James T and Holly Croff are exchanging road right-of-way easements with the Forest Service. The Forest Service will acquire access across Croff land on Frenchies Coulee Rd #6579. Croff will be granted across NFS lands on Lone Tree Boundary Rd #6578.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38222
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 25, T16N, R9E. Judith Ranger District, Lone Tree Boundary Road #6587.
Highwood Mountains Range
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 11/01/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
10/2013 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of adaptive management strategies to move toward desired condition objectives in authorizing livestock grazing across the Highwood Mountains landscape area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33676
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Chouteau, Judith Basin. LEGAL - Portions of T19.N. R.8,9&10E. and T.20N. R.8,9&10E. National Forest Lands in the Highwood Mountains of Central Montana.
John Fletcher Suber Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to John Fletcher Suber to replace an expired permit for use and maintenance of a road to access a private inholding.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Sec 12, T14N, R10E. Running Wolf area of the Judith Ranger District.
Lyon Gulch AOP Culvert Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will remove the upper culvert on the switchback. During replacement of the culvert with an aquatic organism passage (AOP) structure the road will be realigned to reduce impacts to the stream.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - T14N, R10E, Section 19. Lyons Gulch, Little Belt Mountains.
Weatherwax Road Obliteration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/27/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Tracy Schilling
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposal to decommission by obliteration approximately 5 miles of road as described by the Little Belt, Castle, and North Half Crazy Mountains Travel Plan ROD in the upper Weatherwax Creek watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41392
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - This project is located in Township 12 North, Range 8 East, Section 1; Township 12 North, Range 9 East, Sections 5 & 6. The Weatherwax Road Obliteration Project area is approximately 3 miles east of Kings Hill in the headwaters of Weatherwax Creek.
Yogo Area Road Obliteration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/20/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark-judith@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing to decommission, using obliteration, approximately 25 miles of unneeded road as described by the Little Belt, Castle, and North Half Crazy Mountains Travel Plan ROD in the Yogo and Sage Creek watersheds.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41602
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - T 13 N, R 11 E, Sect 6-8, 16-21, and 26-30; T 13 N, R 10 E, Sect 1- 6; T 14 N, R 11 E, Sect 5-22; T 14 N, R 10 E, Sect 1- 36. Proposed activities would take place approximately 14 miles southwest of Utica, MT in the headwaters of Yogo and Sage Creeks.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Musselshell Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Anest Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
03/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a private road special use permit to Jody Anest authorizing access to his private property in the Big Snowy Mountains. Currently on hold.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Golden Valley. LEGAL - T11N, R19E, Sections 15, 16, 22, 23, 26. Big Snowy Mountains.
Crazy M Ranch Irrigation Ditch
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Diversion located in Cottonwood Creek in the Crazy Mountains, diverting water into a ditch where it goes to private land for irrigation use.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Sec 13, T6N, R10E PMM. Cottonwood Creek - Crazy Mountains.
Little Snowy Mountains Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/17/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of a dry site site ponerosa pine ecosystem with an emphasis on providing habitat diversity and to minimize the risk of stand replacing fire through thinning, mastication and prescribed fire to meet outlined desired future conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33857
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Fergus, Golden Valley. LEGAL - Portions of T.11.N. R.20&21E. and T.12N. R.20&21E. National Forest Lands in the Little Snowy Mountains of Central Montana.
Permit Reissuance for 8 pastures & new issues for 1 pasture, Little Belt Mtns
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
02/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Inclusion of adjoining NFS lands for convenience pastures for ease of fencing, use of natural barriers, spring developments & water gaps and not logical to include in grazing allotment.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. LEGAL - Prince S10-11,14-15,T9NR10E,Indreland S28,33-35,T10NR10E,Gough S29,T10NR10E&S5,T9NR10E,Nelson S32,T10NR10E,Brewer S21,T10NR10E,Goodrich S4T9NR10E,Capser S3T10NR13E,Gaugler S21T11NR5E,Saylor S7T11NR15E. Little Belt Mtns, Musselshell Ranger District.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Rocky Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Benchmark Fuels Reduction III
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/08/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 06/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 Michael Munoz
406-466-5341
mamunoz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of prescribed fire and vegetation treatments to break up continuous fuels, improve forest health, promote surface fire, retain mature fire-resistant trees, and protect homes and developments in the Benchmark Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38983
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T19N R9W S10,11,14,15 and T20N R10W S26,35,36,15,16,22. Ford Creek ,S.Fk. Sun River and Wood Lake drainages.
Gibson Dam Hydroelectric Transmission Line
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/26/2010 
Expected:12/2012
 
11/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization to construct a transmission line within an existing utitlity corridor on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. This is part of the Gibson Dam Hydroelectric project licensed by FERC in January 2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42349
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Teton. LEGAL - Sections 2, 3, and 4 T21N, R9W and Sections 34, 35, and 36 T22N, R9W. South of Gibson Reservoir in the utility corridor located along the Sun Canyon Road.
Glacier Electric
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to replace an expired permit for operation and maintenance of electric transmission lines.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Glacier, Pondera. LEGAL - Sec 2, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 29, 30 & 31 T30N, R13W and Sec 24, 25, 26, 35 & 34 T30N R12W. Adjacent to US Hwy 2 where it crosses the Rocky Mountain Ranger District and providing service to Mt Baldy electronic site.
Old Beaver-Willow Road Trail 282 Connector
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Ian Bardwell
406-466-5341
ianbardwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: One thousand feet of new trail will be built to connect Trail 292 to the Little Willow Trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T20N, R9W, Sections 2, 3, and 11. Rocky Mountains.
Reconstruction Trail #201 and Trail #110 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/25/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ian Bardwell
406-466-5341
ianbardwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of the turnpike along Trail #201 immediately north of the wilderness boundary. The reroute will move the trail #110 from crossing a spring in a riparian area to crossing Biggs Creek in a more rock armored location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38980
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Teton. Rocky Mountains, The reroute on 110 (trail 201 turns into 110 at cabin creek, itís the old district boundary) will move the trail from crossing a spring in a riparian area to crossing Biggs creek in.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   White Sulphur Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Castle Mountain Ranch Diversion and Ditch
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/03/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: A right-of-way 4 ft in width and approximately 1548 feet in length for use and maintenance of an irrigation ditch and headgates on Daniels Creek for irrigation of private land.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - NWNWSW Sec 22, T12N, R7E. Daniels Creek.
Castle Mountains Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 04/12/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2014 
Expected:11/2014
 
01/2015 Carol Hatfield
406-495-3860
chatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has seven discrete silvicultural treatments on 30,744 acres, requiring 19.5 miles of temporary road and 41.1 miles of road reconstruction. There are no new system roads within this proposal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41955
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. Castle Mountains.
Flying S Ranch
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/03/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: authorization for the use and maintenance of a water transmission line to transport water from National Forest to private land for livestock watering.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - S1/2 SW1/4 Sec 20 and E1/2 NE1/4 Sec 30, T12N, R6E. Sheep Mountain C & H allotment area.
Miller Fuels Reduction
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Timothy Lahey
406-495-3950
tlahey@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine on approximately 100 acres surrounding a subdivision north of Miller Gulch on the west side of US Highway 89.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38978
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T11N, R7E Sections 4, 5 & 9. Little Belt Mountains, Meagher County.
Sheep South Road Obliteration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/27/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Tracy Schilling
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing to decommission, using obliteration, approximately 100 miles of road as described by the Little Belt, Castle, and North Half Crazy Mountains Travel Plan ROD in the upper Sheep Creek watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41389
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range 7 East, Sec 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, and 12; Township 11 North, Range 8 East, Sec 1-20; Township 12 North, Range 7 East, Sec 34-36; Township 12 North, Range 8 East, Sec 33. The Sheep South Road Obliteration Project area is approximately 20 miles southeast of Neihart, Montana in the headwaters of Sheep Creek.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.